The Outbound Laptop is an Apple Macintosh compatible notebook. It is powered by a Motorola 68000 processor at 15 MHz. Later versions increased the clock speed to 20 MHz. Outbound Systems Inc. was located in Boulder, Colorado; but, because of their kangaroo logo, many believed it was an Australian company.
The Outbound laptop was introduced in 1989 and was significantly lighter, just over 4 kg, and easier to carry than Apple’s own Apple Macintosh released at about the same time. Due to Apple’s refusal to allow the Macintosh Toolbox in ROM, outgoing users had to install a Macrom ROM to run the computer. The ROM was usually removed from an older Mac, a process that would render the donor’s Mac unusable. Even with this additional cost, a typical price of 4,000 USD compares favorably with that of the Mac Portable. The Outbound included an integrated pointing device located under the keyboard, called TrackBar (with earlier models referring to it under the Isopoint trademark); it was a cylinder that rolled up and down and slid left and right. It has run on standard camcorder batteries, rather than the expensive custom batteries commonly found in most laptops at this time.
The Outbound notebook was replaced by the Outbound notebook in 1991. The notebook operated on the same model of lead camcorder batteries as the old Laptop, with a 9.7 “monochrome passive matrix LCD and a disk. hard IDE 2.5 “. , which was unusual for the time, because Apple did not start using IDE disks in PowerBook before the PowerBook 150 in 1994. The notebook had an internal microphone and a speaker, a headphone jack, two serial ports , an ADB port, and a SCSI port. The notebook’s SCSI port was unique in that it supported the Outbound Outrigger external full-color monochrome monitor, connected through the SCSI port. The CPU, RAM, Mac ROM, and optional 68882 FPU have been mounted on a removable daughterboard. This allowed for easy installation of RAM and optional upgrades; the daughtercard could simply be changed to another with a faster CPU, or an FPU inserted into the available socket. The daughterboard had four 30-pin SIMM sockets. Due to the design of the notebook, only 4 MB of RAM could be addressed by the Mac system software, even in System 7; Additional RAM would appear as a “silicon disk” which was a specific outgoing RAM disk. File: Outbound Systems Inc. Hard Disk Model 2000 bay.jpg | The removable hard drive, showing the drive bay and the plastic shield. The shield protects the components on the bottom of the drive, as well as a tab to facilitate removal of the drive. The cover slides down and out. File: Outbound Systems Inc. Hard Disk Model 2000 bottom.jpg | The components on the bottom of the player. File: Outbound Systems Inc. Rear Connectors Model 2000.jpg | The rear connectors of the laptop. File: Outbound Systems Inc. 2000 Model Floppy Disk Drive and Battery bay.jpg | The right side of the laptop case. File: Outbound Systems Inc. Model 2000 mousebar.jpg | The TrackBar and two buttons, one on each side of the bar. The TrackBar rolls to / from the user, as well as from left to right. File: Outbound Systems Inc. 2000 RAM Model Rear Slots out.jpg | The SIMM ROM has been removed, showing additional memory modules. The processor daughter board slides out of the case to allow access to the RAM slots. File: Outbound Systems Inc. Model 2000 rear memory slots.jpg | The back has a memory access panel cover that, once removed, provides access to the processor daughter board.
The introduction of the PowerBook by Apple in 1991 led to the demise of the Mac-compatible notebook market. Probably more important than the increased competition, was the fact that Outbound was using ROM under a license agreement with Apple. Apple refused to allow the use of subsequent proprietary ROMs for Outbound, and the company’s ability to manufacture laptops ended when the 68000 processors required by the ROMs they accessed became difficult to obtain. Shortly after Outbound closed, a small group of former employees created a company, PerFit, to handle service and warranty issues. PerFit ceased operations in 1994.